by Louisa Graves
How Often Should I Wash My Hair: Maximizing Your Time in the Shower
How often should you wash your hair? This can be a tricky question! Most people know not to wash their hair every day as this can dry your scalp and hair and disrupt sebum production. If you have any kind of scalp condition like psoriasis or eczema you know that isn’t fun! Not only is it not good for your scalp, but it’s also just far too time-consuming. Add to that your time drying and styling and soon enough you’ll have a dry, damaged mess on your hands which you’ll have to cut, and then have to wait for it to grow out…not fun!
When my niece was in Romania working in an orphanage, the water supply was turned off 6 days out of 7. If you didn’t fill your bathtub with water before they turned it off you were in trouble! Her hair was very oily at the time and only having water once a week to wash her hair was a challenge for a while, especially in the summer in Romania! After a month or two she realized that her hair was less oily and her scalp was producing less sebum. She didn’t need to wash her hair as often as before and she found that her hair had more fullness and more texture. It took time, yes, but was a win after all!
So how often should you wash your hair?
You shouldn’t wash your hair more than twice a week if you have oily, normal or dry hair. Does that mean you can’t get it wet? No! Use conditioner between shampoos to add moisture back into the ends of your hair if it’s feeling a bit dry and parched. If you live in a highly polluted area consider washing your hair 3 times per week as pollutants can sit on your scalp. A clogged scalp can possibly lead to thinning hair and hair loss.
If your scalp is itchy, flakey or extremely oily, by all means give it a wash with a gentle shampoo that’s free of parabens and phthalates, SLS-free. Look for those with natural scents (essential oils). Find several healthy shampoos at a health food store. You can feel good about using them!
Also, remember not to scrunch or rub hair with a towel after washing as this creates tangles and makes combing more difficult. Instead, very gently squeeze out excess water and wrap hair in a towel. To make your less-frequent shampoos even more effective, try one of these scalp treatments that address specific issues:
Clarifying Scalp Treatment
If you use a lot of products like mousse, volumizers or dry shampoos, you may want to do a scalp scrub once a month. To remove product buildup from hair and scalp, this easy recipe is fast and effective. Here’s what you do: Combine 1 tbsp. baking soda with shampoo and massage into wet hair and scalp. Then rinse and condition hair as usual.
Two Hydrating Scalp Treatments
Below are two hydrating scalp treatments that are healthy and easy to make.
Here’s what you do: Steep 2 peppermint tea bags in ¼ cup of boiled water for 10 minutes. Remove bags and allow the tea to cool to room temperature. Add 2 tbsp. olive oil and 1 tbsp. eucalyptus oil and stir. Wash hair and massage the scalp hydrator onto scalp. Put on a plastic shower cap and leave on for 30 minutes. Afterwards, shampoo and condition hair as usual.
If you have a very dry, flaky scalp, this next scalp hydrating treatment is recommended by top Hollywood hairstylist, Mary Jo Lorie.
Here’s what you do: Lightly scrape the scalp using a comb. Hold it at a 45-degree angle, gently pushing the comb back and forth to loosen dead skin cells. Then mix 2 tbsp. vitamin E oil with 2 tbsp. almond or olive oil. Warm the oils in the microwave for 5 seconds or use at room temperature. Section the hair about ½” apart. Apply the oil mixture on scalp using a dropper. Place a shower cap over hair. Leave on for one hour or overnight. Then shampoo hair as normal.
DIY Dry Shampoos
Don’t have time to shampoo? Use coconut flour to make a natural dry shampoo alternative. Coconut flour absorbs oil.
Here’s what you do: Place 1 tsp. coconut flour in a little bowl. Lift up sections of the hair and massage the flour into the scalp and roots. Wait three minutes and brush through hair.
If you don’t have coconut flour, combine cornstarch and baking soda to make this alternate dry shampoo recipe.
Here’s what you do: Combine 1 tsp. cornstarch and ½ tsp. baking soda. Separate sections of the hair and massage the powder into scalp and roots. Then brush through hair. Baking soda removes odors and cornstarch soaks up oils for a temporary and safe hair cleaning alternative.
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